Issues of student physiological and psychological health can play a large role in the regular interactions between advisers and advisees. The range of possible challenges is vast and so is the comfort level of advisers in dealing with them. This is the primary reason why advisers are trained to employ a triage model for serving students. Whenever questions concerning a student’s physiological or psychological health emerge in advising conversations, advisers ought to make sure that their advisee understands the services available through the Dean of Students Office. Particularly serious cases should always be referred to the student’s class dean.
One very useful resource is the wellness resources website maintained by Carleton’s Office of Health Promotion (OHP). This one-stop on-line resource offers insights and links to campus-based and external sources of support in multiple areas: mental health, sleep, stress, alcohol, sexual health, etc. The Supporting Student Mental Health site is a resource site for faculty, staff, students, parents, and members of community to support student mental health. Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) also maintains a useful on-line set of resources.
Note: If an advisee reports a Title IX issue, you are a mandatory reporter and must contact the Title IX office in a timely fashion. Review the required reporting for more helpful information regarding your responsibilities and resources as a mandatory reporter of sexual misconduct.